ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) _ Nurses at Mission Hospital in Asheville are making a fashion statement.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that of the hospital's 2,000 nurses, 52 percent favored black scrubs, while 48 percent chose royal blue. The vote took place earlier this month.
Management will give nurses the option of wearing white.
The idea is to eliminate confusion among patients who sometimes can't tell a nurse from a housekeeper or a lab technician. The hospital's emergency department started a trial run on the black scrubs in February. The rest of the nurses have until May 2014 to switch to black.
Mary Jackson, interim executive director of heart services, said standardization of uniforms is a trend among the nation's hospitals because it helps patients easily identify nurses and looks more professional.